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But first up this morning is China spying on our government to get this -- and now calling reports that it secretly copied.
A US government laptop.
Quote totally groundless.
The US has been investigating whether the Chinese secretly copied a hard this -- drive.
From a computer that was issued to our commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez.
Good here is brought that laptop computer with him when he went to Beijing in September.
And the suspicion was he looked away and then -- did.
China now denying the accusation saying it is supposed to cyber spying.
Joining us now to help break it down as skip Brandon he's a former deputy assistant director of counter intelligence for the FBI -- hello.
So last week a Wall Street Journal -- said China's military.
In fact used information from that hard drive trying to hack into our Commerce Department.
Where is the truth life.
Well I don't think anybody today knows the truth I think what we do know and have known for years is that China.
Is like and and giant vacuum cleaner when it comes to intelligence.
If you leave your laptop alone for very long at all in China somebody's gonna take a look at it that's just absolutely whatever but in those who -- working trying to.
Skip I got to say how does that happen because we we if you don't we issued we reported a warning.
This show now on go to people going over China for the Olympics saying.
Be aware they're gonna -- you virtually wherever you are so how how could it be.
That that some of the coverage that would go over their legal laptop alone with classified information -- it didn't have classified -- Well it certainly could have we don't know for sure what it had in there.
The fact is -- just pure carelessness at that happening violated all government security procedures shouldn't happen.
Well Gutierrez told the AP that you -- can't discuss -- so we don't know exactly the specifics behind it but you know -- how dangerous could that be the Chinese having.
Some sort of access to our Commerce Department files.
Well momentarily if it is of concern and action momentarily could give the way to enter some of the the main computers.
From information they got -- the last.
Let -- the information in my recovered from the actual laptop.
Certainly we have to assume and I'm sure it was true the minute they knew that might have been -- compromised in various protocols would be change which would.
Not allow somebody become in using what might have been on the -- Interest I will say we measure in our own company.
Attempted -- it would startle anybody how many times this happens we get about a hundred attempts a month.
Anywhere from 45 to 30% of -- given month come from China.
-- -- spyware that's the that's very.
Skip Brandon thanks so much since the --
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